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Radio Corporation of America (RCA)RCA Presentation: Television, An (ca. 1939)

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Early promotional film introducing TV to the American public, probably coordinated with the rollout of scheduled broadcasting at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Shows scenes of television production at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) studios at Rockefeller Center, New York City, using equipment manufactured by NBC's corporate parent RCA.


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Producer: Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
Sponsor: Radio Corporation of America (RCA)
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Media: Television

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: ERD - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - November 23, 2005
Subject: Early television
First a brief promtional of RCA sound projectors is seen. The narrator sounds like Milton Cross, famous radio commentator of music. The rest of the film is now of historic interest. It shows the mechanics of television pre W.W.II. (During the war, the station went off the air.) By 1947, the television tube did not show reverse images and the slanted mirror was no longer needed.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - April 18, 2004
Subject: Television times
An interesting film which tells of the wonders of televsion, whether it be a live broadcast of a horse race, or a concert, we see the (then) complex ways of how the broadcast is all put together, and even how a television (read, kinescope) is put together.. Get a load of those giant television tubes!

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Promotional film introducing prewar television broadcasting, studios and sets to the American public. Shows scenes of television production at the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) studios in Rockefeller Center, New York City.



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